HENRY IV PARTS I & II   Our Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry IV Parts I & II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.

Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.


THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA   Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. With friendship forgotten, the rivals affections quickly get out of hand as they find themselves on a wild chase through the woods with the Duke’s daughter Silvia and Proteus’ sweetheart Julia.

Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy, performed on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stage for the first time in 45 years.


Roaring Girls   In 2014 the Swan Theatre plays host to a season that reveals some of the great parts written for and about women by Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

Led by RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, and directed by some of British theatre’s most exciting female directors, the season promises to introduce audiences to Jacobean classics, from the comic to the thrillingly dark, each with women at the heart of the action.

Roaring Girls

Shakespeare Nation   The next three years span two significant Shakespeare anniversaries; 450 years since his birth in 2014, and the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

Under the banner Shakespeare Nation, we will lead a truly nationwide celebration of our greatest playwright, beginning in summer 2014 and culminating in 2016.

It will encompass the work we produce on our stages, our collaboration with amateur theatre companies across the UK, and Young Shakespeare Nation - our education initiative to inspire a new Shakespeare generation.

Shakespeare Nation

Young Shakespeare Nation   As we stage all of Shakespeare's plays over the next six years, RSC Education is inviting schools to join us on this ambitious journey in a new initiative called Young Shakespeare Nation.

As each play is performed on stage, we will create new tools, resources and support to help teachers give a new generation of students the chance to discover and experience the breadth of Shakespeare’s work.

Any school can take part in Young Shakespeare Nation, choosing to explore the plays in performance, in the classroom, and online.

Young Shakespeare Nation

The White Devil   Duke Bracciano is besotted by the beautiful Vittoria.

When he makes her an indecent proposal she can’t refuse, she enlists the help of her brother Flamenio to fool her husband, and begins an illicit affair.

Accusations of adultery are made and Vittoria and Flamenio find themselves snared in a web of corruption, passion and retribution as their single minded pursuit of personal gain reaches an epic and bloody conclusion.

Bring Up The Bodies

Arden of Faversham   Wealthy landowner Arden is convinced his wife Alice is cheating on him.

Despite her protestations of innocence, not only is his suspicion correct, but in order to free herself from marriage she is actively plotting to have him murdered.

Husband, wife and lover find themselves playing a deadly game as, with each failed attempt, the assassins close in on their victim.

Arden of Faversham

The Roaring Girl   Sebastian has a problem. He’s in love with a girl but his father won’t agree to their marriage because her family are too poor.

In desperation he turns to the one person who can help him, the feisty “roaring girl” Moll Cutpurse.

Last performed by the RSC in 1983 with Helen Mirren in the title role, The Roaring Girl returns to the Swan Theatre, directed by Jo Davies.

The Roaring Girl

Our Summer 2014 Stratford-upon-Avon Season begins with Shakespeare's epic history plays Henry IV Parts I & II.

Later in the year The Two Gentlemen of Verona will appear in full production on our main stage for the first time in 45 years.

In the Swan Theatre the Roaring Girls is a season of fantastic Jacobethan plays with wonderful roles for women at their centre.

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Public Booking opens 23 October